ID position, Thompson Rivers


Open Learning

DUTIES:   The Instructional Designer reports to the Director, Instructional Design.  The Instructional Designer will assume responsibility for the development of Open Learning courses in a variety of subject areas.  The Instructional Designer is responsible for the academic integrity of courses and leads course development teams composed of subject matter experts.

The instructional design of Open Learning courses includes liaising with the particular academic areas, hiring subject matter experts, and preparing contracts/agreements. It also includes developing instructional design plans; guiding the development of learning outcomes, course outlines,  learning activities, and assessment instruments; monitoring, assessing, revising, and providing constructive feedback on the work of subject matter experts; and working with the media team and graphic artists (both internal and external).

Skills required include the ability to implement sound instructional design principles, develop instruction to address specific learner profiles, manage multiple projects with their shifting priorities and timelines, write clear instructional material, provide coaching and training, attend to detail, and evaluate and make recommendations regarding instructional design.  The Instructional Designer is required to complete these projects to TRU-OL quality standards and within agreed upon timelines, budgets, and client specifications.


  • Related master’s degree required; may include—but is not restricted to—master’s degrees in education, curriculum and instruction, distributed learning, educational technology
  • 3-5 years’ demonstrated experience in curriculum design and development based on best practice, including developing instructional design plans and guiding the development of learning outcomes, course outlines, learning activities, and assessment instruments
  • 3 years’ teaching or training experience, particularly with adult learners in a distance-delivery environment
  • Demonstrated team leadership experience
  • Superior time management skills with demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects
  • Superior written and oral communication skills, including ability to attend to detail in written materials
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with a wide variety of people are required.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team is essential.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and efficiently in an electronic workplace is essential.

TERM OF EMPLOYMENT:   As soon as qualified applicant is available to June 30, 2010

REVIEW DATE FOR APPLICATIONS:     Applications will be reviewed commencing December 10, 2009, and may continue until position is filled.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.  Thompson Rivers University is committed to the principle of employment equity.  Please forward a cover letter and current curriculum vitae, quoting the Competition #09-216 with names, addresses and telephone numbers of three (3) referees, along with a copy of graduate transcripts to:

Via e-mail:

Via fax: 250-828-5338

Mail to:

Career Opportunities

Human Resources Division

Thompson Rivers University

P.O. Box 3010

Kamloops, BC  V2C 5N3


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